Unanswered questions: Offense

The Florida offense had a lot of questions to answer this spring under first-year offensive coordinator Kurt Roper. For the most part, that happened. The installation went well and Roper was happy with where the offense was when spring came to a close. However, there are still some questions remaining as the Gators head into the offseason.

Can Jeff Driskel be a consistent passer?

This is one of my biggest questions about this team leaving spring practice. I didn't see enough to make me feel comfortable with his ability to throw the ball down the field. The spring game allowed him to showcase his ability in the short passing game, hitting multiple receivers on drag routes and allowing the receivers to get the ball up field with their legs. This should be an important part of the offense this spring.

The touch on deep balls from Driskel's was inconsistent throughout the spring. It showed during the spring game, as multiple deep passes floated out of bounds while keeping the receivers from having a chance to make a play on the ball. There's a chance that it came from rust after his injury last season.

His legs will be an important part of this offense, and they looked healthy after he missed a large part of last season with a broken leg. The zone read running game will fit him well and help the offense. However, his touch on passes has to get better.

How will the carries shake out at running back?

Matt Jones missed the spring with his knee injury but is expected back for the fall. Kelvin Taylor served as the first team running back and sat out most of the spring game because the coaches are comfortable with his knowledge of the system and there was no reason to risk injury.

The spring game allowed Mack Brown and Adam Lane to showcase their talent. Both will be an important part of the Florida rushing game. Brown looked faster than last season and Lane took multiple defenders to get him to the ground.

Mark Herndon missed the spring game with an ankle injury but will also factor into the position. Brandon Powell missed all contact drills in the spring with a foot injury but the freshman adds speed to the position that is needed.

There's an argument that the running back position is the deepest on the Florida roster, and first-year offensive coordinator Kurt Roper has a challenge to get enough carries for everyone. This is one of the rare times an unanswered question is actually a positive.

Who will produce at the tight end position?

It's the question that has plagued the Florida offense since Jordan Reed left for the NFL. Unfortunately for the Gators, there didn't look to be many answers this spring. Tevin Westbrook looked to be more explosive than he was last season and was a factor in the passing game, but he didn't look to be a game changer at the position. Clay Burton gives the Gators a senior that can block, but he won't be a factor in the passing game.

DeAndre Goolsby was inconsistent, but the positives were enough to show everyone what he can do. He has the ability to be a game changer at the position, but it's unlikely that comes this year as he transitions from Kansas high school football to the SEC.

Is there an obvious candidate for the B position?

The B position in Roper's offense serves as a hybrid, h-back type of position. The tight ends have seen work at it, as has fullback Hunter Joyer. The Gators can also use different formations that bring a stronger wide receiver like Latroy Pittman to play the B position, but Will Muschamp didn't seem fond of the idea because it gives away some of the blocking ability of the formation.

The intriguing idea here is Matt Jones. When he returns, Muschamp confirmed that he would learn the B position. With his size and advanced ability to catch the ball, Jones could be an ideal fit. Muschamp also said the best formation for the offense this spring was with two running backs and three wide receivers. That could create a way for Jones to get on the field and still keep Kelvin Taylor as the starting running back.

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